Sunday, October 21, 2007

Le Volte Le Volte 2005 Blind Tasteing Marche Bacchus

As we have said before, blind tasting is very humbling at times. This was a time that we were "caught" by the wonderful mysteries of wine and wine making. Saturday afternoon lunch on the patio with Tex , Gidget and Aaron is always nice. Irene from Vegaswineaux also stopped by to say hello as well. Alex brought over a blind red wine to try.

In the glass the wine showed purple red with very little ring variation. Most of us figured the vintage to be 2003-2005. Body of wine in the glass was medium. On the nose aromas of black cherry, cassis , tobacco , blueberries and oak call came through. On the palate, oak, cassis , cedar black cherry and blueberry were all prominent. This wine finished wonderfully with medium tannis.

Most all of us picked up on Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of the cassis, blackberry, oak and tannis. Some members decided it was a Cabernet blend from the new world. Other members were more specific and decided it was 100% Cabernet Sauvingon one said Napa Valley and the other from Central Coast.

Our confidence was high as Alex brought out the bottle and explained it had just been added to Marche Bacchus wine list. We were surprised to see when Alex reveled it to be Volte Le Volte 2005 Tusany Italy ! None of our group picked up on any old world characteristics at all. We did some research on this wine that surprised us all.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elegant and enjoyable, the 2005 vintage is characterized by ample fruity, slightly spicy notes. Produced following closely the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's philosophy, Le Volte is the result of the research and selection of the best Mediterranean terroirs in Tuscany. It matures for about 10 months in 2-4 year old barriques which have been previously used for the aging of Masseto and Ornellaia.
The Mediterranean expression of Sangiovese gives the wine opulence and warmth while structure and complexity are provided by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The result is a harmonious, balanced, well-structured wine with an enjoyable finish.

This just goes to show us all that appreciating wine is always a never ending learning process that hopefully will last a life time !

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